Brahma Sutras of Bādarāyana

Badarayana (Author of Brahma Sutras) is considered to be one of the greatest Indian philosophers of all time.

He is the reputed author of the Brahma Sutras, the foundational text of the Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy.

The Brahma Sutras is a collection of 555 aphorisms that systematically present and synthesize the teachings of the Upanishads, the most sacred scriptures of Hinduism. Badarayana uses the sutras to explore the nature of Brahman, the ultimate reality, and the relationship between Brahman and the individual soul (atman).

Badarayana’s philosophy is known for its logical rigor and its emphasis on the unity of all existence. He argues that Brahman is the only reality and that the individual soul is ultimately identical to Brahman. This realization, known as moksha or liberation, is the ultimate goal of all Vedanta philosophy.

Badarayana’s work has had a profound influence on Indian thought for centuries.

He is considered to be one of the most important figures in the development of Vedanta philosophy, and his ideas have been studied and debated by scholars and mystics alike.

Here are some of Badarayana’s key contributions to Indian philosophy:

  • He developed a systematic and logical approach to understanding the Upanishads.
  • He clarified and synthesized the teachings of the Upanishads on the nature of Brahman and the relationship between Brahman and the individual soul.
  • He emphasized the unity of all existence and the possibility of liberation through self-knowledge.

Badarayana’s philosophy has had a profound impact on Hindu thought and practice. His ideas have been used to develop a variety of Vedanta schools, including Advaita Vedanta, Vishishtadvaita Vedanta, and Dvaita Vedanta. Badarayana’s philosophy has also influenced other schools of Indian thought, such as Yoga and Tantra.

Badarayana is rightly considered to be one of the greatest Indian philosophers of all time. His work Brahma Sutras has had a profound and lasting impact on Indian thought and culture.

Watch the Brahma Sutra commentary by Swami Sarvapriyananda